Somfy Evolvia Star, our opinion on this swing gate motorization

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The Somfy Evolvia Star gate automation is designed for swing gates. We detail for you in detail its characteristics, the types of suitable gates, its strong points, the security aspect and finally home automation. We will end up giving you our opinion on this engine.

  • Maximum weight per leaf: 200 kg
  • Maximum length and height of 2 meters
  • For all types of gates: Wood, PVC, aluminum, metal
  • Made in France
  • 3 years warranty

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Consult directly our opinion on Somfy gate motors.

Detailed product description

Let’s start with what you receive in the package.

  • 2 articulated arm motors
  • 2 remote controls
  • 1 flashing light
  • 1 backup battery
  • 2 photocells
  • Screws
  • 1 template for installing the motors
  • 1 dimension disc to know exactly where to install your motors.

In this kit you have everything you need to automate your gate. The advantage is that battery backup is provided. Which is rarely the case.

After checking all the elements, let’s move on to the installation.

Installation of automation

In the package, you will find the assembly instructions. If you are more comfortable with videos, the brand has a YouTube channel to help you with editing.

As you can see, the installation is very simple. All you need is a few tools and fixings.

Programming the automation

At the end of the installation, the motors will perform self-learning. This goes smoothly and quite quickly. The remote controls are pre-programmed. If you have purchased others, you will have to open the engine cover to connect the new remote control. We find this system average regarding security.


First of all, the difference between Evolvia 400 and Evolvia Star is simply a difference in the color of the motors. The Evolvia Star range is more modern and discreet. But technically the engines are identical.

Opening and closing

Here, Somfy is often faster than its competitors. Opening takes 8 seconds and up to 90°. It is possible to set closing in automatic mode and program partial opening.

The end stops are directly integrated into the motor. So, you just have to adjust them internally without having to install stops on the floor.


In the event of a power outage, you have two options. Use the battery backup to open your gate. This is the simplest option. But in the event that your automation fails, a special key is used to unlock the motors in order to operate the leaves manually.

To protect your loved ones and your animals, this kit is equipped with automatic obstacle detection. And to prevent movements of the gate, the flashing light alerts road users.

For added security, it is possible to connect timed lighting which turns on when the gate opens.

The gate

This kit is designed for two leaves weighing 200 kg each and measuring 2 meters in length by 2 meters in width for a maximum opening of 120°.

The pillars must be at least 25 cm wide to accept the operators’ fixings.

Connected portal and home automation

The Evolvia Star motorization can be connected to the Somfy TaHoma box. It is thus possible to manage the gate automation with a smartphone.

Our opinion on the Somfy Evolvia Star automation for swing gates

The Somfy Evolvia Star motorization is ideal for motorizing your swing gate. Whether in terms of safety or comfort of use, this model fulfills its functions perfectly. In addition, installation is surprisingly easy thanks to the illustrated instructions and tutorial videos available online.

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